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KRIS: FAMILY IS FIRST PRIORITY


Kris Aquino and son Bimby: I want to make him feel that he has a mom who prioritizes him — Kris Aquino’s Instagram  - There was much ado about what was perceived to be Kris Aquino’s “loaded” answers when asked by guest Nora Aunor if she was running (not specified for what position) in 2016 in last Sunday’s edition of The Buzz. Kris’ answer was the same that she had given in previous interviews — a Big No! Asked by Funfare yesterday about it, Kris said, “I answered that way because it came from my heart. With me, family is first priority; I want to be a mom first and foremost to my sons Joshua and Bimby. The yaya of Bimby is getting married in September; she has been a constant in the life of Bimby who was only three years old when James and I separated, so Bimby will need me. He’s turning eight on April 9 and I want him to feel that he has a mom who prioritizes him.” CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Kris Aquino opens up about 'state of her heart'


The Queen of All Media recalled through her blog how she celebrated her birthday in Japan with her kids and the staff of her show "Kris TV." MANILA, Philippines - Kris Aquino opened up about her short-lived relationship with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, which she never named but described as someone who "has given the majority of his life to public service." The Queen of All Media recalled through her blog how she celebrated her birthday in Japan with her kids and the staff of her show "Kris TV." She also didn't have time to spend her Valentine birthday as a single woman since she said "my mind and prayers have been focused on my brother, his leadership, safety, well being, and the path our country has to take as we grow into being a mature, responsible, peaceful democracy, strengthened with full economic stability."  READ MORE...

ALSO: How will you fare in the Year of the Wood Sheep?


General Outlook ---- • All five elements are present in a well-balanced chart.
• Extremely rare presence of two sets of allies and friends (Tiger and Boar; Horse and Sheep) creates harmony. • Three wood element energies indicate growth and wealth opportunities. • International conflicts still continue, but world leaders may go for more conciliatory resolutions. • Increased Prosperity Luck possible, and may be enhanced by activating Wood element. • Natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, and nuclear issues may arise. • The argumentative star is at the center of the chart and would mean that everyone will tend to be short fused! If reconciliation is not met on time, disharmony could prevail at home, office or any central locations such as Central Visayas, Central Mindanao, Middle East, etc. • Generally, not a good year for romance and marriage. • Overall, the year symbolizes flexibility and optimism, compromise and progress. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Kris Aquino said ‘Yes’ to Mayor Bautista’s ‘romanceless’ marriage proposal


“He made me believe, he made me believe we had a chance.” Quoting a famous line from a Sharon Cuneta movie, actress Kris Aquino on Tuesday revealed that her brief relationship with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista almost ended up in marriage. In a post on her blog titled “The State of My Heart,” Aquino described how after a few months of being in a relationship, a “tired” Bautista popped “the least romantic proposal a woman has ever received.” CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Stars chime in on People Power anniversary


OGIE Alcasid: Be spiritual again. photo:Carmela honrado ----
It’s been 29 turbulent years since the People Power/Edsa Revolution. Are we any better now as a nation? Where has the spirit of Edsa gone? In light of recent national issues such as the pork barrel scam and the SAF 44, what significance does our commemoration of Edsa have? It seems that we are still on a journey without a destination. Until when will the road to peace and progress be under construction? Will our bumpy Edsa ride ever end? Maybe we should start taking off “yellow-colored glasses” so we can find an alternate route. At the rate things are going, Edsa has become a one-way street. READ MORE...

ALSO: Sophia Pilapil Gonzalo in the footsteps of her mom, grandmom


Can Sophia Pilapil Gonzalo equal the achievements of her Lola Pilar Pilapil (inset, above) and mom Pia Pilapil-Gonzalo (inset, below)? ---
MANILA, Philippines - She is the granddaughter of Pilar Pilapil and the daughter of Pia Pilapil and former supermodel and now athlete of the Philippine Team Gerry Gonzalo. While her family tree defines her genes, Sophia Pilapil Gonzalo is a woman all her own.   Sophia is studying Bachelor of Science in Leisure and Tourism Management at a well-known college to fulfill her passion and goal to be a flight attendant. In school, she is also busy with co-curricular activities and sports. Other than being a student, she works as a model. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pinoys with Down syndrome born every 4 hours


SM Prime president Hans Sy leads Happy Walk, an annual event of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Inc. in partnership with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Malls. The event was held as part of observing Down Syndrome Consciousness Month. BOY SANTOS MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino with Down syndrome is born in the country every four hours. This was bared by Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines president Elmer Lapeña yesterday during the Happy Walk 2015, a yearly event to highlight the National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month celebration at the SM North Edsa Skydome. CONTINUE READING...


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Kris: Family is first priority


Kris Aquino and son Bimby: I want to make him feel that he has a mom who prioritizes him — Kris Aquino’s Instagram

MANILA, MARCH 2, 2015 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricky Lo - There was much ado about what was perceived to be Kris Aquino’s “loaded” answers when asked by guest Nora Aunor if she was running (not specified for what position) in 2016 in last Sunday’s edition of The Buzz.

Kris’ answer was the same that she had given in previous interviews — a Big No!

Asked by Funfare yesterday about it, Kris said, “I answered that way because it came from my heart. With me, family is first priority; I want to be a mom first and foremost to my sons Joshua and Bimby. The yaya of Bimby is getting married in September; she has been a constant in the life of Bimby who was only three years old when James and I separated, so Bimby will need me. He’s turning eight on April 9 and I want him to feel that he has a mom who prioritizes him.”

Bimby’s yaya, 31, is a Seventh-Day Adventist member and so is her fiancé. Her sister is the yaya of Joshua. Both sisters are treated like family by Kris who has brought them on trips abroad. Also, Kris has decided to postpone the shoot of her new movie so she can act as “stage mother” to Bimby during the shoot of his own movie (perhaps for release in this year’s Metro Filmfest).

“Truthfully,” added Kris, “I had a feeling that Ate Guy (Nora) was being sarcastic when she asked me about 2016, and I can’t blame her.”

What about his and co-host/soulmate Boy Abunda’s promise to help finance the oft-postponed surgery on Nora’s ailing throat?

“I was sincere in promising that I would share with Boy in financing the treatment of her throat so she can get back her golden voice,” insisted Kris.

Funfare gathered that Kris would shoulder the airfare (to Singapore) and Boy the treatment. But no cash will change hands between Kris and Boy, and Nora. If ever, Boy will reportedly pay directly to the hospital. Some people are suggesting that Nora should first consult home-based specialist, like Dr. Randy Lopa (Kris’ relative).

Kris is standing by her kuya, Pres. Noynoy Aquino, through thick and thin, especially when his term ends next year and, possibly according to Kris, cases might be filed against him.

Explained Kris, “We are realistic about the many enemies P-Noy has made, the constant threats and concerted effort to bring him down. Many will have an axe to grind, so of course, as I said, family first. May I add that I remain steadfast in my faith in my brother’s integrity, competency, leadership and moral compass.”

Oh by the way, what is Kris’ reaction to her Aunt Tingting Cojuangco’s “joke” that she would leave the country if ever Kris runs in 2016?

Kris was mum. Her silence spoke volumes.

What’s up?

• Lenny Kravitz show cancelled. Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, Kravitz has announced that his concert at the Globe Circuit Events Ground in Manila on March 24 will be cancelled. No rescheduled date was announced. “Unfortunately,” said Kravitz, “due to contractual scheduling conflicts beyond my control, I will not be able to come to Manila to perform. I have been looking forward to coming to play for my fans and I’m deeply sorry that my concert had to be cancelled. My ability to come play for you all is a huge concern to me and I’m looking forward to rescheduling so I can perform for you in Manila as soon as possible. Love and respect.” For refunds, call TicketWorld at 891-9999.

• Pinoy films at Ireland Filmfest. Jeffrey Jeturian’s Ekstra (The Bit Player) starring Vilma Santos and Jason Paul Laxamana’s Magkakabaung (The Coffin Maker) starring Allen Dizon have been officially selected to compete in the 4th Silk Road Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland, for different awards: Special Jury Award, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, among them.

• Valictoria 2015. Alumni of Victoria School Foundation (VSF) will mark the 50th anniversary of its founding with a reunion on March 21 at the Renaissance Center, Riverbank, Marikina City. The school was founded by the late Dr. Jose Ma. Hernandez in 1995 and is presently headed by his daughter, Leonor H. Debuque. Originally located at Ermin Garcia St., Quezon City, the school is now in Concepcion, Marikina City. Submission of materials for the VSF Alumni souvenir program is requested. Registration is on March 21. Call Ronie and Carol Lugtu at 0927-3166070.

• Oops! From reader Edgar Esmeria: It was mentioned in a recent item in Funfare that Gary Valenciano wrote the song Warrior Is A Child for Rico Yan. For accuracy, the song was composed and sung by Twila Paris (US Gospel singer) when she was 22. The song was released in 1984. As this song has touched many hearts, it is just acceptable to have the info corrected and give credit accordingly…From composer Danny Tann: Isang Mundo, Isang Awit (interpreted by Leah Navarro) was a grand prize winner of Metropop while Freddie Aguilar’s Anak and APO’s Ewan were all Metropop, and not Philpop, entries.


PHILSTAR

Kris Aquino opens up about 'state of her heart' By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated February 25, 2015 - 6:57pm


The Queen of All Media recalled through her blog how she celebrated her birthday in Japan with her kids and the staff of her show "Kris TV."

MANILA, Philippines - Kris Aquino opened up about her short-lived relationship with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, which she never named but described as someone who "has given the majority of his life to public service."

The Queen of All Media recalled through her blog how she celebrated her birthday in Japan with her kids and the staff of her show "Kris TV."

She also didn't have time to spend her Valentine birthday as a single woman since she said "my mind and prayers have been focused on my brother, his leadership, safety, well being, and the path our country has to take as we grow into being a mature, responsible, peaceful democracy, strengthened with full economic stability."

So the day after her birthday she decided to "hibernate," saying "umemote ako with my Whitney Houston playlist."

That was the time when she recalled her moments with Bautista, on how he asked for her number in the "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" dressing room, when he brought her two boxes of Gatorade and "when he used to surprise me by waking me up and bringing me my venti nonfat latte with no foam, just because his day would be so hectic and early morning was the only time he could see me, regardless of my still being fast asleep."

She even revealed how he almost proposed to her and said "he was tired, he didn’t want to play games, he was tired of chasing and of running away, and he wanted to feel secure with someone he could grow old with. He said, marry him kasi nga PAGOD na sya?"

After having him over dinner with her family, that's when she realized that "he never said he loved me," and they had a talk.

"He cried, too and said he was scared, overwhelmed, afraid of being branded a “user” when he has given the majority of his life to public service, and maybe we should take a step back," she recalled.

The next day they still tried to make things work by going to church together, but didn't spend the whole day together since he had earlier commitments. Kris admitted feeling bad.

"I made the mistake of speaking about him the following night on A&A. The next day, over the phone he broke up with me, right before Bimb’s 7th birthday party," she revealed.

Despite the heartaches she had been through the past few months, Kris realized that "as much as I want us to be friends, we can’t. There were just too many promises that my heart so desperately wanted to believe in. And continuing the friendship will continue to make me long for what wasn’t meant to be."

She then admitted that up to this point, she's still praying and hoping that someone will come into her life and "be my strength. I still pray for someone to talk to at the end of a long day, someone who will listen, and someone who will also teach me new things, challenging my mind, and mirroring my values. Someone to pray with and pray for. Someone I can trust with all my fears, someone who accepts my past, and still looks forward to our future. And someone who won’t be tired about love, but will accept, nurture, and treasure what we will share."

Kris also learned that "true love doesn’t find you, neither do you find it. You build true love together, and you can’t do that when you’re tired, jaded, or weary. Love is built by those who have inspiration, determination, fortitude, trustworthiness, loyalty, courage, childlike faith, openness, enthusiasm, and enchantment with what is, plus all that will be."


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How will you fare in the Year of the Wood Sheep? FORECASTS By Marites Allen (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 19, 2015 - 11:01am

General Outlook

• All five elements are present in a well-balanced chart.

• Extremely rare presence of two sets of allies and friends (Tiger and Boar; Horse and Sheep) creates harmony.

• Three wood element energies indicate growth and wealth opportunities.

• International conflicts still continue, but world leaders may go for more conciliatory resolutions.

• Increased Prosperity Luck possible, and may be enhanced by activating Wood element.

• Natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, and nuclear issues may arise.

• The argumentative star is at the center of the chart and would mean that everyone will tend to be short fused! If reconciliation is not met on time, disharmony could prevail at home, office or any central locations such as Central Visayas, Central Mindanao, Middle East, etc.

• Generally, not a good year for romance and marriage.

• Overall, the year symbolizes flexibility and optimism, compromise and progress.

Business

A good year for Wood element industries (fashion, textile, paper mills), and Metal element industries (car manufacturing, technology, engineering); active but competitive for Fire element industries (stock market, restaurant, finance, power generation) and Earth element industries (chemicals, property and construction, insurance); and challenging for Water element industries (shipping, banking, transport, fishing).

Relationships

• The Sheep, Rabbit, and Boar allies will be active in networking and social events.

• The Ox, Rooster, and Snake will enjoy powerful energies, with the Snake being the strongest, the Ox the weakest, and the Rooster the most afflicted.

• Among the Monkey, Rat, and Dragon allies, the Monkey will be the strongest and will provide support to the Rat and Dragon.

• The Boar and Dog will have good relationship luck.

Health

• An unstable year for health luck, with the eldest daughters and the Snake- and Dragon-born more prone to getting sick.

• Obesity cases will rise; diabetics should take extra care. There could be a rise in cancer and stomach-related illnesses.

• Possible global spread of viral epidemics.

Rat

Imaginative and adventurous (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)

General characteristics:

The ultimate charmer and connoisseur. Rats want sophisticated subtlety in fashion. They go for a soft and silky feel and an overall sense of luxury.

Secret friend: Ox

Allies: Monkey and Dragon

Enemy: Horse

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

There is so much to be positive about. Love and relationships go very well. The prosperity and wealth stars come together to bring great possibilities and wonderful opportunities.

You are unstoppable given your energy level, so do not get distracted from your goals. Ignore jealous people who give you competition and just enjoy the ride.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

Opportunities come non-stop. You want to take them all but your energy just can’t keep up. Take time to relax in between your heavy workload. It is entirely up to you if you would want to expand and start new projects or partnerships.

Your love life will be as busy as well. Because of your business and career concerns, it may not be the best time to settle down.

Apr. 5 - May 5

Your luck doubles in many ways. Your career, business, and recognition luck are at their highest.

If you are single and looking for love, there is a good chance you’ll find it. But with so many things on your plate, you are likely to give it little attention.

May 6 - June 5

Step up your safety plan: avoid late nights and don’t drive on your own, if possible. There’ll be risks of robbery and politicking.

Third-party intervention may mar your love life. If ever, this stresses that you should not neglect your partner.

June 6 - July 6

Take a respite from last month’s low moments. Many opportunities will come your way. So go out and socialize and expand your network. You may find a mentor figure who will help you in your projects and in making critical decisions.

It’s time to boost your relationship luck. Go on a holiday with your special someone.

July 7 - Aug. 7

Brace yourself for a challenging month. Double-check agreements and contracts before you sign them. Argue less to keep out of trouble.

Your relationship will take a hit, too. When disagreements between you and our partner arise, keep calm and stretch your patience.

Ox

Classic and conservative (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

General characteristics:

If they were gems, Ox-born people would be diamonds. Their amazing strength and endurance carry them through most of their goals. They are sure about their style and often stick to their fashion choices.

Secret friend: Rat

Allies: Snake and Rooster

Enemy: Sheep

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

Those in business may see easy and consistent profits, putting you in the mood for more productive ventures.

Your travel and education luck is pretty impressive, too. Enjoy, have fun sharing whatever knowledge you have with your colleagues.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

Be careful about your personal belongings as even the smallest item may be lost because of the presence of the Robbery Star.

Overall, a chaotic time for business, work, and career where everything can go wrong when you least expect it. Stay put, be humble, and lie low.

Apr. 5 - May 5

Responsibilities seem to mount. Just carry on and remember that it is better to be busy than feel neglected. You may need to collaborate with your friends on some ventures. A great time for networking.

Romance luck is good. If you are in a relationship, you may want to bring it a step higher. Looking for a potential partner will be a breeze for the single Ox.

May 6 - June 5

This is a month to be very, very careful. Postpone big decisions in business. Have someone else represent you in meetings, exploratory talks, and coordination.

Your irritability and arrogant nature this month will create a wedge in your relationship. Remember that it is not you, but the Misfortune star that is causing this. Be more patient and control your temper.

June 6 - July 6

Romance and relationship luck rule! If you’re single, make the first move. It will be fun! If you’re married, do not be tempted.

Lucrative business opportunities will come that will be too hard for you to resist. Be sharp enough to figure out the most profitable among them and be prepared for something big happening.

July 7 - Aug. 7

You will become more argumentative and short-tempered this month owing to the Conflict star. Be careful about your words and be sensitive about other people’s feelings.

If you have the luxury of time and resources, you are better off traveling or cruising somewhere to stay away from the hostile environment of the month.

Tiger

Charming and enigmatic

(1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

General characteristics:

Sharp and intelligent in fashion, as in life. They are brave and sophisticated in their dressing style and are always the first to try new fashion trends.

Secret friend: Boar

Allies: Horse and Dog

Enemy: Monkey

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

Wealth and windfall luck shower you with great opportunities. Start with the right connections and you won’t go wrong. New business ventures loom on the horizon. Be very careful about your decisions.

On the relationship front, you stand a good chance of meeting someone with the same interests as you do. Newly married couples may be thinking of starting a family soon.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

Don’t take the Robbery star for granted. Losses could be high if you are not on top of things. Think through your goals and do not rush into investing, expanding, or forming new partnerships.

The tension spreads into your relationships as well. Let the negative energy of this month run its course without fighting or arguing with someone.

Apr. 5 - May 5

A windfall is highly possible. Use this lucky month to reestablish old connections and surround yourself with positive people.

You are highly creative and this month you are likely to meet someone special who thinks just like you. You want a relationship with someone who is intelligent and good-looking. Well, you just might find that person!

May 6 - June 5

Go easy on business and work commitments. You may be feeling unproductive, so don’t push it or things could go wrong.

Better not enter into any deals with friends for now. This month, even your closest pals and loved ones may not see things your way. Learn to compromise, give in, and avoid fights at all costs.

June 6 - July 6

You will shine even in the most challenging situations and will make good progress, which makes you smile even wider.

Play up your networking skills, but try to be firm and stick to your principles to keep your integrity. There’s a strong chance of reuniting with long-lost friends who will make a difference in what you do. Starting a new relationship will be favorable.

July 7 - Aug. 7

You may feel as if too many wrong things are happening to you, but remember that these won’t last. Just keep to what’s there for now, hold off important decisions, and choose your words as you may unwittingly hurt others.

Don’t seek consolation in your love life, either. Anything started now may not end well.

Rabbit

Sharp and vigilant

(1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

General characteristics:

They are the epitome of casual chic. Rabbits shun fuss and prefer cool and comfortable style that puts them at ease.

Secret friend: Dog

Allies: Sheep and Boar

Enemy: Rooster

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

Your emotional state causes arguments with loved ones and friends. Minor issues become more sensitive and for some, it may mean ending ties with their partner. As the song goes, let it go; this will soon pass so try to work things out and do not let them turn ugly.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

There may be minor challenges in your personal relationships. Be more of a giver than a receiver and do not give up should there be arguments. Although the illness bug causes temporary inconvenience, your career or academic luck remains good. Success comes with determination this month.

Apr. 5 - May 5

The go-getter side of you is definitely back and you can trust your instincts to go after great projects.The opportunities spell not only long-term gains, but also a good reputation and success in both academic and career pursuits. Regarding affairs of the heart, you need to be selective as you don’t want a relationship that could just fizzle out fast.

May 6 - June 5

This is one of your best months! You are full of bright ideas that your team will find useful. Some Rabbits may want to develop other skills.

It seems like you will be expected to make a proposal to someone that you have been going out for a while now, but don’t get pressured. This is not the time to settle down yet.

June 6 - July 6

Socialize, renew ties, and implement long-delayed plans. There are no obstacles blocking your way.

Romance luck is tops! This is a most auspicious time for making commitments or settling down. On the other hand, while everything seems to be rosy, don’t let a third person play with your emotions and leave you devastated.

July 7 - Aug. 7

Do not share confidential matters and do not simply open up to anyone as the hostile energy around you is very strong. Avoid contributing to gossip as things could boomerang on you.

Relationship and romance are not looking very rosy, either. Jealousy could play on your emotions. Do not overreact or be overly sensitive about minor issues that could possibly be blown out of proportion.

Dragon

Awesome and charming (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000)

General characteristics:

Everything about the Dragon is positive energy that inspires others to do their best. They are awesome dressers who can pull off fancy fascinators or crystal-encrusted stockings.

Secret friend: Rooster

Allies: Monkey and Rat

Enemy: Dog

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

Involve allies and friends in exploring profitable opportunities. Be creative and use the social media to expand your connections. You may be asked to make an investment, but this is not the time for any serious venture. Practice due diligence and do your research to avoid losses.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

Check yourself if you think you are always right. You may let out hurtful words that you will regret later. Do not be too suspicious; give in and avoid any fights.

Be aware that even your closest partner or someone you are having a relationship with can easily get hurt by your non-stop arguing.

Apr. 5 - May 5

Be alert to any health concerns this month. You will feel too low and burned out. Take precautions if you travel on the road as accidents are possible.

Until you get your energy level back to its high level, avoid big changes in business. Business life has to slow down a bit, too. Amid all these, your romance luck is quite strong and will really boost your happiness.

May 6 - June 5

Set your heart on something big, whether in career, business, or a relationship. You are a star player, indeed!

A possible end of a relationship will not be too hard as it will be mutually amicable. If this happens, move on and accept newer challenges in your life. Make room for something or someone different from what you’ve had in the past.

June 6 - July 6

Your positive luck may cause jealousy in some people around you. Be alert to possible backbiting and politicking.

This is a good chance for those wishing to start a new relationship to find someone. Those who have been in a relationship for some time may feel pressured by partners who expect to settle down soon. If you are not ready to do this, you just might give up.

July 7 - Aug. 7

If you’ve always wanted to start something like a deal or new venture, this is the time to do it. It will turn out to be auspicious.

For those who are married or are in a steady relationship, it is important to take some time off and enjoy the company of your loved ones.

Snake

Sensual and graceful (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)

General characteristics:

Snakes always stand out with their elegance. They exude grace and confidence and are always admired for their impeccable fashion style.

Secret friend: Monkey

Allies: Ox and Rooster

Enemy: Boar

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

Take advantage of your good fortune; it comes only once in a blue moon! Your networking skills and some past connections could yield excellent results.

If you are single, your relationship luck will bless you with exciting possibilities. A strong bond is present among married couples. However, do not let any form of indiscretion ruin your marriage.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

The hostile energies will make you lose your temper with your team and business partners and leave you open to criticism. Problems with authorities may surface if you don’t watch out.

Focus your attention on your family and friends — after all, they are the same people who cheer you up when you are down.

Apr. 5 - May 5

Make sure that your health is looked after. See a doctor if you must. If you fall sick, the more you will feel useless and unproductive.

Feeling low and sick may have its perks. Your partner will be giving you more care than ever! Those who are seeking someone to be more than just a friend will be surprised how this month will turn to be very favorable.

May 6 - June 5

Positive developments materialize in your work. You will have new and bigger responsibilities. And bigger responsibilities equate to better income.

Love and happiness surround you. You may even meet the “right one” this time. Happy couples will enjoy more memorable times. Others may consider taking their relationship to a more serious level.

June 6 - July 6

So much publicity pouring on you! All of a sudden you become the life of the party and are seen as a high-profile personality.

There’s also so much loving energy from your family and special someone. Married couples should try to create some new activities in their relationship.

No business talk; just your plans and dreams for your relationship.

July 7 - Aug. 7

You are so popular that everyone wants to be your friend. Your skills and talents are being recognized.

How cool is that! Your business will be running on full capacity.

On the downside, your special someone may feel neglected. If a breakup is inevitable, you will still be friends. On the other hand, some couples may be thinking of getting married or starting a family. This is a good month for that, too.

Horse

Flighty and fabulous

(1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)

General characteristics:

Imaginative and passionate, Horses are no slaves to trends. Expect them to mix and match or combine clashing patterns — and carry it with aplomb.

Secret friend: Sheep

Allies: Tiger and Dog

Enemy: Rat

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

So many good things happening and you will feel excited more than exhausted. In your race to success, don’t forget that your body can only take so much. Mind your safety as the Robbery star also hovers around you. Do not divulge plans to anyone but your trusted partners.

In the dating game, keep your options open. No need to rush into anything serious.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

There will be exciting news at work that could lead to a big break. Go the extra mile or do your bit for charity. It will be beneficial.

Love luck brings in someone who could take your breath away. The feeling of instant intimacy will be there. You will know that it’s not meant to be just a fling, but something more serious.

Apr. 5 - May 5

You need to be very careful! Loss may not only mean loss of physical things but also loss in love and relationship. Control this possible double whammy by lying low and being vigilant.

Even personal relationships are marred with problems. Relationships formed may turn out to be superficial. Not the time for big or small decisions.

May 6 - June 5

There could be minor squabbles at work, but don’t get provoked into fights. There could be losses in business, too, so always proceed with caution.

Stop playing games in the romance department. Show your family members that you truly care for them, or else a permanent grudge may be formed against you.

June 6 - July 6

You may be on the receiving end of politicking and gossiping at work. Personal matters should not be discussed at work. Reschedule important activities next month when things will get better. Reevaluate your list of friends to know whom to keep and whom to let go.

Personal relationships may be challenged and the risk of losing someone is quite likely due to third-party interference.

July 7 - Aug. 7

Develop strong alliances with colleagues and get to know them better. Do not be forced into choosing between an old friend and a new one. Stay neutral.

As you work on stabilizing your relationship with your special someone, temptation may present itself. Resist all you must. Any temporary indiscretion will not be worth the risk.

Sheep

Practical and wise

(1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

General characteristics:

The Sheep is no drama queen, and will go for comfort rather than show. Still, the elegance and creativity are there in the accents. They won’t suffer for the sake of fashion.

Secret friend: Horse

Allies: Rabbit and Boar

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

It’s the illness star that is making you feel confused. Do not be too hard on yourself and just focus on regaining your old energy level.

Go on a holiday with family and friends. You will be happy to spend time with your partner. If you are single, you might meet someone special.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

You will have support from everyone. With a strong network, you will find it easy to make decisions.

Your business will yield better profits than last time as you enter into a new partnership with someone which could be purely based on trust and confidence in each other.

Apr. 5 - May 5

Your lucky break has come. This does not come all the time, so enjoy it while it lasts and don’t get stressed.

There will be challenges in romantic affairs. Do not give in to temptations. It will only take one time to hurt your reputation and lose the trust of your partner.

May 6 - June 5

Positivity is all around you. Host a party and reunite with friends, make new ones and build a stronger network. If a potential investor comes to you offering capital, go ahead and seal that partnership.

While all these are happening, do not neglect your family and loved ones. After all, they will always be there to support you in your times of need.

June 6 - July 6

Don’t take the possibility of loss lightly. Review your surroundings, legal papers, and how your business is being run. There could be irregularities that may cause you to lose money.

For now, give relationship matters a pass. Your busy calendar will neither give you any time nor the drive to entertain someone.

July 7 - Aug. 7

Your leadership skills will be recognized and rewarded with a possible good post. It wouldn’t harm if you use feng shui charms to enhance this luck. Tapping your best directions will also help align your energies.

There will be some opportunities to meet someone interesting. Make the first move! What starts as friendship may lead to something special later.

Monkey

Cheery and fascinating

(1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)

General characteristics:

The perennially rosy outlook of Monkey-born people makes them popular with others. They are dramatic dressers and are generous to others as they are in their style. Their presence commands attention and fascination.

Secret friend: Snake

Allies: Rat and Dragon

Enemy: Tiger

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

Do not put too much stress on yourself and learn to strategize. Knowing the ins and outs of your business now will help you strike a good deal later.

Expect some happy times ahead in the romance department. Getting together with like-minded people will come easy.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

Plenty of opportunities will be coming your way and one of them could be your lucky break. Negotiate, collaborate, and seal that deal.

You’ll have many happy experiences. Those who are single are advised to be socially active. There could be interesting leads to a possible romantic relationship

Apr. 5 - May 5

Whatever you choose to work on will bring satisfaction. Forget the small stuff and focus on one big project. Aim for bigger rewards.

Thoughts of proposing or settling down will be better off postponed for a later time. You are just too busy for that now.

May 6 - June 5

Think wealth luck and windfall! A job or even a promotion may be waiting. There will be many happy occasions to look forward to. It’s your time to shine!

Deep inside your heart, you will be feeling like committing yourself to a romantic relationship. Make your best judgment if you feel it’s the right time.

June 6 - July 6

In case of issues between you and your friends, be ready to forgive and let go. Be careful with your personal assets and properties, too. Delay making important business decisions and going into risky ventures.

Be careful even of small arguments. The possibility of loss affects not only material things but also your loved one.

July 7 - Aug. 7

You will be both mentor and mentoree this time. At one time you will be confiding issues about yourself; at other times you may be advising others who seek guidance. Be very careful during these interactions as someone might fall for your charming ways. The external flower of romance might cause problems in your otherwise strong marital union.

Rooster

Driven and determined

(1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

General characteristics:

Style-wise, Roosters are perfectionists. Creative touches even in the smallest details and fancy highlights may mark them off as eccentric dressers.

Secret friend: Dragon

Allies: Ox and Snake

Enemy: Rabbit

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

The star combinations make this a troublesome month for you with risks of robbery and many forms of misfortune.

Postpone negotiations and do not make rash decisions.

Trust issues will also arise in your personal relationships with family and loved ones. Turn your partner into a source of inspiration rather than pick a fight.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

Be positive and proceed with confidence. There may still be mistakes, but treat them as lessons. An influential person could turn out to be a very good mentor.

This is a great time for romance, so enjoy your good luck. While you socialize, you may meet a like-minded person and it could lead to something special. Lucky you!

Apr. 5 - May 5

Arguments are likely; if you find yourself in the middle of disagreeing friends, do not take sides. Competition in business will be fierce. Be smart and compete with caution.

There’s possible trouble in the romance department, too. Both of you will tend to be irritable and quick to pick fights. Those who are looking for love may fare well, as meeting someone new will make them smile.

May 6 - June 5

Your good fortune may come in the form of a friend you can rely on. This connection could be long-lasting and will be beneficial for the future.

This is a Merry month for engagements, proposal, or marriage plans. Singles will have opportunities to make choices for a possible partner.

June 6 - July 6

Somehow, losing your temper over trivial details will spell disaster in your team. Do not expose yourself to too many functions. You don’t need this attention now as it can only bring trouble to yourself.

In your relationship with your loved one, you may feel as if you need more space. If things cannot be sorted out sensibly, a temporary separation may be a good idea. But remember that this is not the time to entertain a new relationship.

July 7 - Aug. 7

Your mind is not functioning as fast as before. Put all the cures necessary to control these major issues influenced by the negative energies.

Be thankful that your loved ones are there for support. In times like this, you will even be closer. Make health your priority. For single Roosters, this is a good time to start a new relationship.

Dog

Loyal and amiable

(1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)

General characteristics:

Dogs are often sought after in parties because they are genuinely affectionate. This fashion hound is trendy and must always have what’s hot in outfits and accessories.

Secret friend: Rabbit

Allies: Tiger and Horse

Enemy: Dragon

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

Be visible in social functions and industry-related events. Be more outgoing this time and the experience will do wonders for your career and business.

Think things through very carefully if you’re contemplating settling down. It will be difficult to change your mind once you’ve made a commitment. Singles may form new relationships that will start as friendship but may be for keeps later on.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

Don’t take risks as the stars are not on your side. Take it easy at work. Your colleagues won’t be a problem, but keep some things to yourself. Less discussion, less arguments.

There will be challenges to face in love and relationship. Don’t cause a heartbreak by being unreasonable and temperamental.

Apr. 5 - May 5

A very lucky time for affairs of the heart — getting engaged, getting married or simply taking the next step in your relationship. If you meet someone interesting who can potentially be ‘the one,’ just go with the flow and have fun.

For a very goal-oriented person like you are, this productive month is best spent socializing or networking. Some people you meet will be very helpful in your future ventures.

May 6 - June 5

The energies of the month will give you low moments at work that could lead to relationships being broken between you and colleagues. Keep away from gossip and politicking.

Maintain the same caution with your personal relationship. Do not make your partner the subject of your jokes and try to avoid discussing sensitive topics that may offend family members.

June 6 - July 6

There are wealth opportunities but your performance will depend on how you address possible health issues. Do some sensible scheduling to avoid stressing yourself. Team up with the right people to achieve long-term results. Keep only those with good potential to help.

Those who are single will have the energy for the dating game and just might meet someone special.

July 7 - Aug. 7

You will be busy making money, traveling or simply moving from one place to another. To some, it could even mean relocation to another country. Go ahead and meet your goals.

For those who have been in a relationship for some time, you may feel as if you’re not ready to commit and might be headed for a breakup. If that happens, it will be an amicable one. Let go and move on. Single Dogs may be heading towards new relationships.

Boar

Witty and classy

(1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)

General characteristics:

Boars are hardly ever fazed and can put people at ease with their wit and humor. For them, it’s quality above price and they have no qualms about going for branded stuff because they represent smart design and excellent craftsmanship.

Secret friend: Tiger

Allies: Rabbit and Sheep

Enemy: Snake

Feb. 4 - Mar. 5

So much good career potential and this could be the time for a promotion or salary increase. Go out with people who matter to your business, and establish new contacts and partnerships.

Some single Boars who are keen on starting a romantic relationship will see this happening. Some will just be happy to stay at home, read a book, or catch up on the latest TV shows. This will be a restful break for them, too.

Mar. 6 - Apr. 4

Turn the bad energies into good ones by doing charity work. Keep out of other people’s affairs, because even if your intention is good, they will not see it that way. Give advice only if people ask for it.

A not-too-exciting month for love and romance. Delay making any decisions in this area and wait till next month when your luck improves to work on enhancing your relationship.

Apr. 5 - May 5

Work, career or business will have a major shift, giving you more time for love. Enjoy the overall good mood. As you socialize, be wary of some tension brewing at work. There could be complaints from unhappy team members.

Married couples should work on rekindling their romance luck. Singles should take care not to play around but focus on one relationship that has long-term possibilities.

May 6 - June 5

Some minor issues in the past will come back to bug you. You will tend to be more confrontational in trying to prove your point. Keep cool even as new challenges emerge.

Because the star of argument is strong this month, be very careful about what you say and how you say it. Less talk, less trouble is the way to go this month.

June 6 - July 6

Illness, accidents and physical woes are likely. If things can wait, next month will be more favorable, feng shui-wise.

Instead, take some time to catch up with your loved ones and work on having a stronger relationship. Have enough rest and save your energy for next month’s excitement.

July 7 - Aug. 7

You will find opportunities in most situations. Whether traveling for work-related events, or attending non-stop meetings, you will be very inspired. Productivity will improve and you will welcome responsibilities that come your way.

This is a month for long-term relationships. Improve on what you have now, or develop new ones if you have not been lucky in having one in the past.


INQUIRER

Kris Aquino said ‘Yes’ to Mayor Bautista’s ‘romanceless’ marriage proposal INQUIRER.net 9:34 AM | Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


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MANILA, Philippines– “He made me believe, he made me believe we had a chance.”

Quoting a famous line from a Sharon Cuneta movie, actress Kris Aquino on Tuesday revealed that her brief relationship with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista almost ended up in marriage.

In a post on her blog titled “The State of My Heart,” Aquino described how after a few months of being in a relationship, a “tired” Bautista popped “the least romantic proposal a woman has ever received.”

“This is the first time I’ll publicly acknowledge this, because I can now recall with absolutely no bitterness or regrets; on the first Friday of April nearly a year ago during merienda, he said he was tired, he didn’t want to play games, he was tired of chasing and of running away, and he wanted to feel secure with someone he could grow old with. He said, walang romance, walang lokohan, walang bolahan. Okay na raw ba ko to marry him kasi nga PAGOD na sya?” Aquino said.

To which the “Queen of All Media” accepted, saying that she wanted to grow old with him.

“I remember laughing and saying that was probably the least romantic proposal any woman has ever received, but because we were so similar in our weirdness, I was in agreement; I wanted to grow old with him because I knew we’d never be bored conversing, and maybe this was where God led 2 individuals who deserved a chance at life long companionship with maturity, and full acceptance of equally colorful pasts,” she said.

The presidential sister divulged in length her roller coaster love affair with Bautista: how he asked for her number, how he visited her every morning to give her coffee, and how they planned of living together.

But the budding romance was nipped as he broke up with Aquino through phone a day after she revealed on April 7, 2014 on her late night show ” Aquino and Abunda Tonight” (A&A) that they are “partners.”

“I made the mistake of speaking about him the following night on A&A. The next day, over the phone he broke up with me, right before Bimb’s 7th birthday party,” the actress revealed.

Months after the break up, she said they became friends, but Aquino nursed her broken heart by traveling to New York City, Japan, Boracay, Thailand, and Hong Kong and avoiding places and things which could remind her of her lost love.

Aquino said that she was proud of “surviving” the break up, adding that her son Bimby taught her a wisdom about love that she avoided.

“He called 4 times that Sunday, the day after my birthday, and I just didn’t pick up. Bimb saw his name flashing on my phone, and he told me: “Mama, go ahead talk to him because when you talk to him, you get happy. But remember after, you get so sad and I hate seeing you cry. And BOOM, that was my wake up call, my long avoided wisdom coming from the innocence of my 7 year old,” she said.

The actress shared that her failed romance with the mayor was a blessing.

“But then, maybe Mom raised me to stand alone, and own my strength. And maybe the rejection I went through is a blessing, because I needed to feel the hurt, in order to learn to be less selfish and more compassionate, to empathize more readily with those suffering from all kinds of pain,” Aquino added.

She posted a screen grab of the post on her Instagram account, garnering 9,125 likes as of posting time. AJH


INQUIRER

Stars chime in on People Power anniversary Dolly Anne Carvajal @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:19 AM | Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


OGIE Alcasid: Be spiritual again. photo:Carmela honrado

MANILA, Philippines—It’s been 29 turbulent years since the People Power/Edsa Revolution. Are we any better now as a nation? Where has the spirit of Edsa gone? In light of recent national issues such as the pork barrel scam and the SAF 44, what significance does our commemoration of Edsa have?

It seems that we are still on a journey without a destination. Until when will the road to peace and progress be under construction? Will our bumpy Edsa ride ever end? Maybe we should start taking off “yellow-colored glasses” so we can find an alternate route. At the rate things are going, Edsa has become a one-way street.

Celebs share their post-Edsa sentiments:

OGIE ALCASID: One aspect of the Edsa revolution that I vividly remember is the spirituality that Filipinos had during those very tense moments. Now that we are deep in another crisis, let us remember the spirituality that we had back then. Perhaps we should let that rule in our hearts once again.

MARTIN NIEVERA: No matter which way we go on Edsa, there will always be traffic. And it’s in the middle of this traffic, through patience and perseverance, that we find the truth. And in the truth, we find heroes like the SAF 44.


NOEL Cabangon: We need to be responsible. photo:MARIANNE BERMUDEZ


JOSE Javier Reyes: Still a proud Filipino

NOEL CABANGON: Everyone now has the power to express their opinion regarding national or domestic issues and post it on social media. This is part of a modern, democratic society. But one thing that we also need to develop with this power is how to be responsible in issuing statements and making judgments.

JOSE JAVIER REYES: I was there at Edsa 1 and Edsa 2. And the dream of a nation where citizens need not leave [the country] to seek a better future for their families still remains a dream. Some say it will not happen in this lifetime. But I will keep praying and hoping for leadership founded on vision and not mythology or marketing. I remain proud to be a Filipino. Taas-noo ako!

Afternoon rom-com

Fairy tales come true, but not always in storybook fashion. Just like in ABS-CBN’s afternoon rom-com series, “Fated to Love You” (weekdays, 4 p.m.). It presents the unique and unexpected love story of Ron and Michelle. And to maximize the “kilig factor,” the series’ theme song, “Simpleng Tulad Mo,” is sung by teen idol Daniel Padilla. How’s that for a delightful afternoon?


PHILSTAR

Sophia Pilapil Gonzalo in the footsteps of her mom, grandmom By Robbie Pangilinan (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 27, 2015 - 12:00am


Can Sophia Pilapil Gonzalo equal the achievements of her Lola Pilar Pilapil (inset, above) and mom Pia Pilapil-Gonzalo (inset, below)?

MANILA, Philippines - She is the granddaughter of Pilar Pilapil and the daughter of Pia Pilapil and former supermodel and now athlete of the Philippine Team Gerry Gonzalo. While her family tree defines her genes, Sophia Pilapil Gonzalo is a woman all her own.

Sophia is studying Bachelor of Science in Leisure and Tourism Management at a well-known college to fulfill her passion and goal to be a flight attendant. In school, she is also busy with co-curricular activities and sports. Other than being a student, she works as a model.

Sophia describes her usual day: “Get up early in the morning for school, accomplish school stuff and hang out with friends. On weekends, I work part-time as a model. So I don’t really get enough rest as a usual schoolgirl but I enjoy it. It’s something I do which releases my stress and problems. It makes me forget and just enjoy.”

During her free time, Sophia is usually home with her family just watching TV. She is also active on social media, saying her “social life is kinda up there thanks to social media and my part-time job which is modeling. Which makes it fun and I’m so grateful for it because at some point it takes the stress away.”

Sometimes, she’ll be out with friends or spends time with her boyfriend Kyehl Nicdao, an architect based in Pampanga.

“I rarely go to parties. I’m the type of girl who just chills out and stays home. I’m not really fond of noisy places. I do go out with my mom because she parties sometimes but I seldom go to clubs,” shares Sophia, who adds that she also seldom sees her boyfriend because their schedules don’t jibe.

Sophia says her love life is “a little complicated and a little bit too personal to share.” Besides having met Kyehl in Boracay while doing a documentary for her finals in school, being in a long-distance relationship with him, Sophia prefers keeping the details to herelf.

“I love him yet... as you all know, life pretty much throws a lot of crazy twists and curve balls around! So yeah, taken yet complicated,” she laughs.

The swimming and volleyball enthusiast keeps her figure at 38-27-38 through exercise and a well-balanced diet. Staying beautiful may be easy for Sophia, many thanks to her genes. She does not even do treatments that much and swears her beauty is “all natural.” Her secret lies in “staying strong and happy.”

“No matter what stress you go through, which makes you not feel beautiful and ruins your beauty routine. It’s okay to feel bad for a while but you always have to pick yourself up back again. Staying strong and being happy would show how beautiful a woman can be. Do what makes you happy and it will show,” she says.

Personal hygiene is also very important to Sophia. She believes that it all starts from there, then everything with beauty and health follows.

Although she looks like someone who already knows her life path, Sophia says she is still in search of her permanent direction in life.

“After college, I’m planning to apply as a flight attendant at an international airline company. Although in the future, I probably would want to be more than just a flight attendant. Being a flight attendant is one of my biggest dreams, yet I would like more and be a boss someday,” ends Sophia.


PHILSTAR

Pinoys with Down syndrome born every 4 hours By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 23, 2015 - 12:00am


SM Prime president Hans Sy leads Happy Walk, an annual event of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Inc. in partnership with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Malls. The event was held as part of observing Down Syndrome Consciousness Month. BOY SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino with Down syndrome is born in the country every four hours.

This was bared by Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines president Elmer Lapeña yesterday during the Happy Walk 2015, a yearly event to highlight the National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month celebration at the SM North Edsa Skydome.

Lapeña said contrary to popular belief, Down syndrome is a common genetic disorder that affects one in every 800 Filipino children. He said this is why their inclusion in society is vital.

“All children are special, they are our blessings and that includes children with Down syndrome. Children with this condition have mild to moderate cognitive disability but with love, support and close monitoring and intervention, they can live normal lives as everyone else,” he told The STAR in an interview.

Down syndrome (DS), also called Trisomy 21, is a condition in which an extra genetic material called chromosome 21 causes delays in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically. There is no known cause or cure but Lapeña said 80 percent of babies with the condition are born to mothers aged 35 and below but the risk of having a baby with Down syndrome increases as women get older.

This year’s Happy Walk, with the theme “All for DOWN,” broke previous attendance records for the event as people who came breached the 1,000 mark. Lapeña said for the first time, 1,500 people attended the event which is more than the 1,200 seating capacity of the Skydome.

“Next year, we will need a bigger space and SM president Hans Sy has promised that we will transfer to a bigger space at the SMX at the Mall of Asia in Pasay next year. We could not be happier because SM, through its corporate social responsibility division SM Cares, has been playing host to us for the past six years and we are indeed honored and delighted that they continue to support us by giving us an even bigger venue next year,” Lapeña said.

Aside from the event at the North Edsa, the Happy Walk was simultaneously held in Cebu and Davao.

During the Happy Walk, children with Down syndrome showcased their talents in a program held in conjunction with the event. A photo contest was also held to demonstrate that children with Down syndrome are creative and talented, just like normal children.

Advancing the causes of People with Disability (PWD) is one of the advocacies of SM Cares. It started when a boy with disability got lost in the crowded SM mall. While the boy was later found in the mall’s vicinity, it served as a lesson that more initiatives need to be done to prevent the same thing from happening again.

Through the years, SM Cares has instituted key programs to address the needs of PWDs, which earned for the mall the reputation of being the most PWD-friendly in the country. All malls have dedicated areas for parking and disembarking for PWDs, special restrooms, ramps, Braille signage, designated areas for PWDs in theaters and dining rooms as well as utilities within accessible height like pay phones and wash room sinks. Mall security guards and personnel are also trained to respond to the unique needs of PWDs.


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